What is the difference between powder coating and electroplating?

Breaking down the processes for applying finishes to bar rail tubing.

Powder coating is a dry finishing process created by an electrical charge that causes a dry powder to fuse to the surface of a metal substrate. The product is then baked in an oven to cure. Electroplating is the process of producing a metal coating on a solid substrate by means of an electrical current. Electroplated surfaces are generally more durable than powder-coated surfaces, but electroplating is a more expensive finishing process.